Are Your Eating Utensils Making You Sick?

A bamboo plate and eating utensilsYou use them every day, multiple times a day, probably without giving them a second thought. But it’s very important to know what the safest eating utensils are, for your own health and the health of your family.

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What’s wrong with metal utensils?

Most of the utensils we eat with are metal and most likely from China. The problem is that these utensils could contain aluminum, lead, iron and other toxic metals.  Heavy metals like these can create a toxic environment in the body, leading to sickness and disease.

While utensils made from stainless steel are acceptable, according to most experts, a more highly-recommend material is…bamboo.

Bamboo?

Bamboo belongs to the family of grasses. You can usually find it in the tropical and subtropical climates.  The largest population of bamboo is in Southeast Asia, and also on various islands in the Pacific Ocean and India. There are also thousands of different species of bamboo in the Americas, Australia and Africa.

Bamboo is a great alternative to metal.  It is biodegradable, meaning it can be disposed of outside without causing harm to the environment.  Bamboo is also known for its resiliency, strength and good luck.

You can purchase bamboo utensils at your local health food market, Whole Foods, or online. Keep in mind that I am referring to bamboo, and not wooden, utensils.

I started using bamboo utensils at home and noticed a significant difference in the way my food tasted. Surprisingly, my digestion also improved greatly. Who would have thought that utensils could really do this?

Put it to the test and you will see what I am talking about!

Please note: if you choose to use metal utensils make sure that there are not any nicks, because this can migrate into foods in trace amounts.

Play it safe and put your health first!

Which Green Tea Is The Best Green Tea?

A tea bag sitting on top of loose tea leaves on a white surfaceGreen tea has been celebrated for quite some time now as an antioxidant-packed wonder food that can prevent cancer, block fat and improve heart health.

But now, experts want to make sure that people understand exactly what type of green tea provides the best benefits.

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The ingredient that makes green tea so powerful is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is a very powerful antioxidant. Researchers measured the levels of EGCG in different types of green tea — leaf tea, ready-made bottled tea, and green tea supplements — and found that the amounts of the beneficial antioxidant varied dramatically.

Depending on the brand, supplements provided anywhere from 22 milligrams to 300 milligrams of EGCG per serving (depending on the brand), bottled green-tea beverages contained as little as 4 milligrams of the compound per cup to zero milligrams, regardless of how many milligrams were promised on the bottle.

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Researchers tested 26 types of green tea beverages and found some disturbing facts:

  • They found that some ready-to-drink teas were mostly sugar water.
  • Some bagged teas, especially those containing tea grown in China, were contaminated with lead.

“Lead can occur in many botanical products because it is taken up from the ground,” Dr. Tod Cooperman, president of ConsumerLab.com, told the New York Times. “The green tea plant is known to absorb lead at a higher rate than other plants from the environment, and lead also can build up on the surface of the leaves.”

The researchers found 1.25 micrograms to 2.5 micrograms of lead in tea bags from Lipton and Bigelow, both of which contain tea grown in China. Loose tea leaves from Teavana did not contain measurable amounts of lead.

“The majority of the lead is staying with the leaf,” Cooperman explained. “If you’re brewing it with a tea bag, the tea bag is very effectively filtering out most of the lead by keeping those tea leaves inside the bag.”

The best green tea, according to experts? Avoid bottled green tea beverages and stick to green tea brewed from regular green tea bags for the best benefits.

 

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